“Peace begins with a kind gesture and Namaste.”
― Debasish Mridha
Because of its global usage, Namaste has many interpretations. In general, the word tends to be defined as some derivation of, “The divine in me bows to the divine in you.” This spiritual connection comes from its Indian roots.
This sacred gesture, used in many yoga practices, meditations and prayers, holds a secret wisdom. When the mind and senses bow to the heart chakra, the union between body and soul is achieved. The idea is to go deep into the heart chakra where the soul glows its life-giving presence, bringing breath and heartbeat to your body.
The Meaning of Namaste
In Sanskrit, the word is namah (to bow) and te (you), meaning “I bow to you.” In, other words, “greetings, salutations, or prostration to you.” The word namaha can also be literally interpreted as “na ma” (not mine). It has a spiritual significance of negating or reducing one’s ego in the presence of another.
Namaste—and its common variants namaskar, namaskaara, and namaskaram—is one of the various forms of formal traditional greeting mentioned in the Vedas. Although this is normally understood to mean prostration, it actually is the means of paying homage or showing respect to one another.
Namaste can be a casual or formal greeting, a cultural convention, or an act of worship. However, there is much more to it than meets the eye.
When a person greets another with the feeling that “I am paying obeisance to the soul in the other” then a ring of spiritual emotion is created within him. Namaste creates vibrations to the one receiving the gesture. Namaste creates a loop of bliss to pass positive energy unto the one receiving the gesture. Heart centers and chakras are said to connect during the divine saying.
How to make the namaste gesture
Bring both hands together and center in front of the chest. Make a small motion to bow while saying namaste. Eyes should be closed, and no objects should be placed in the hands while gesturing. Namaste is used to seek forgiveness and is polite to use when accepting wrongdoing.
Namaste in yoga
Namaste is the common greeting in yoga. It is a gesture to send a message of peaceful spirituality to the universe in the hopes of receiving a positive message back. Most say namaste as a means to thank the teacher or use as an expression of relief upon the ending of the class.
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Calms the brain
- Creates flexibility in the hands, fingers, wrists, and arms
- Opens the heart chakra
Namaste is the energetics and action of self respect and respect for others. Respect is one of the keys to the teachings of yoga. This union of self-respect between mind, body and soul, and respect for others, is the feeling of love. And through this love the soul can shine freely through your body and to others.